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Chrysotile, Arizona: First Hand accounts of life at an Asbestos Mine

Chrysotile, Arizona was home to one of Arizona’s most prolific asbestos mines in the early 1900s. At the time there were over a hundred and fifty of these mines found throughout Central Arizona, largely concentrated in the Salt River region. Collectively they produced some 75,000 tons of asbestos from 1913 to 1966 before the industry began to collapse due to health concerns associated with exposure to the mineral. The Johns-Manville Company out of New York owned the mine and employed Frank Knuckey of Globe, as mine superintendent. Knuckey soon hire a prominent Chinese business man, Gin Ah Quong, to run the boarding house and general mercantile at the mine.  Read More »

Mr. Rural Arizona

If you enjoy driving Arizona’s scenic highways, you may often wonder why we honor certain people by naming roads after them, such as the Senator Hardt Highway. Read on, and you will wonder no more, at least about that one. August Valentine “Bill” Hardt was a champion of rural Arizona, a hardworking long-time legislator who got things done. After a variety of jobs, including vacuum cleaner salesman, road grader, underground miner, and sporting goods store owner, Hardt entered local politics in the 1950s and the state legislature in the 1960s. Eventually, he dedicated more than thirty years of service to Arizona’s rural citizens. He claimed that a guardian angel sent him to Arizona instead of California, and those who have benefited from his legislation would agree.   Read More »

Ellison honored as Rancher of the Year 2017

Nathan Ellison was honored as Rancher of Year during the annual Gila County Cattle Growers Association dinner and live auction Nov. 18. This year’s celebration of the ranching lifestyle was the third of its kind in as many years and also featured the newly named Wrangler of the Year, John McBride. The evening was sponsored by Jill Wilson of Farm Bureau Services and CKP Insurance and Suzanne Menges. The steak dinner, complete with baked potatoes, broccoli salad, roll and cobbler a la mode was prepared by Menges, as well. The Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Rancher and Wrangler of the Year awards. Rancher of Year 2017 The Rancher of the Year 2017 went to Nathan Ellison, a man whose family goes back long before Gila County existed in Arizona. His ranch has been a co-signer of the Cattle Grower’s yearling sale every year since its inception. “He is always out in the ring moving cattle around and sorting them,” said Gila County Supervisor Woody Cline, the evening’s emcee. Ellison has attended most of the association’s meetings and is “always outspoken on issues the things need to be addressed” and the ones he believes in. He has also worked for ... Read More »

Sometimes The Blues. Susan Clardy’s Cultural History of Globe, Arizona

Sometimes the Blues, the Letters and Diaries of Frank Hammon, a Lonely Frontiersman in Globe and Phoenix, 1882-1889, is much more than that. The book began when author Susan Clardy found her relatives’ letters, diaries, and photographs in her grandparents’ attic. Then Aaron and Ruth Cohen, owners of Guidon Books, introduced her to Arizona historians. From that point the book became much more comprehensive that just a collection of pioneer letters. In 1878, at age twenty-three, Frank Hammon went with his cousin Wendell to the boomtown of Globe City, established only a few years earlier. Frank became a partner in The News Depot, a tobacco, stationery, and magazine store almost in the shade of the hanging tree on Broad Street.  The cousins rented rooms in an adobe house aat Broad and Mesquite from English butcher Joseph Redman and his wife, Elizabeth. This is the kind of attention to detail you will find all through the book, a researcher’s dream and a true labor of love.   Read More »

Chamber releases Entertainment Schedule for Apache Jii: Saturday October 21st

GLOBE- The sound of drummers and the jingle of camp dresses comes to downtown Globe Saturday for the 34th annual Apache Jii festival. Arts and crafts from tribal artisans from throughout the Southwest will be available. Everything from beadwork to baskets, carvings to sand paintings, paintings to photographs will be available. A full day of entertainment, arts and crafts booths and food from sweet to savory rounds out the excitement of Apache Jii. Read More »

San Carlos Tribe prepares for future with new College

Five years ago, a man had a vision of an upwardly mobile people with their own college, respect for tradition and a strong sense of cultural identity. The tiny plant that grew from the seeds of that vision poked its head above the soil last month with the opening of the San Carlos Apache College. Terry Rambler, San Carlos Apache Tribal chairman, was the man with the vision, but he knew he would need some help, so he asked Arizona State University President Michael Crow. On Monday, Aug. 14, the college’s doors opened to its first 58 students. Read More »

Booth applications open for Oct. 21 Apache Day

Booth applications are available now at the chamber of commerce and will be available at local businesses in Peridot, San Carlos and Bylas later this week. San Carlos tribal members receive a half-price discount in booth fees, courtesy of the Apache Gold Casino sponsorship. In addition to booths, there will be a limited number of demonstration booths for various arts and crafts where in exchange for working at their craft through the day, the vendor fee will be waived. Downtown historic Globe is the location for this annual street fair and the streets will be a pageant of color and sound on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 as the 34th annual Apache Jii (Day) celebration gets under way. Read More »

Museum announces new exhibit: “Planes,Trains and Automobiles.”

GLOBE- The grand opening of the “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” photo exhibit at the Gila County Historical Museum will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 16th.   Join the museum members for a variety of fun and informative activities. In addition to the photo display and guided museum tours, car enthusiasts may enjoy a vintage car display, while others may do some “Globe Rocks” painting.  Other activities include face painting, a cartoonist, a photo booth and history talks by Rick Powers.    Homemade root beer and hot dogs will be for sale throughout the day.  Families are encouraged to attend this child-friendly event.  The museum and picnic grounds are located at 1330 North Broad Street in Globe.  The Museum Board would like to thank McSpadden Ford for graciously sponsoring this exhibit.  Gila County Historical Museum is a participant of the United Fund Globe-Miami.  Read More »

Photographer Elizabeth Eaton to host showing at Cobre Valley Center for the Arts

GLOBE- Work by local Photograph, Elizabeth Eaton, will be showcased at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts this October.   An Open House is scheduled for October 6th, Friday from 5 p.m. – 7 p,m,   Eaton invites everyone to the open house where there will be wine, cheese & crackers.   Eaton, who has lived in the community for 30 years retired from teaching seven years ago and has since “jumped head first” into photographing the rich diversity of the area. Eizabeth says she “fell in love with the beautiful, rich desert and wonderful people who reside here” and spends most days driving around and checking out the community and taking photos.  Read More »

Getting Kids Outside at Tonto National Monument

by Hilary Clark “Being outside allows children to be imaginative, spontaneous, and carefree, and allows them to gather their thoughts. It’s also a lot of fun!” Those are the enthusiastic words of Jennifer Smith, a National Park Service educator at the Tonto National Monument in Roosevelt. ‘Ranger Jen’ as she is affectionately known helps kids of all ages explore the Tonto National Monument and learn about the outdoors and prehistoric culture. Through the Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-graders and their families get a free pass valid for more than 400 national parks across the country. A National Park Foundation grant helps with transportation—paying for buses to get more than 200 elementary-school students from Payson, Globe, Miami, Pine and Tonto Basin to the monument. In all, Smith’s programs have reached more than a thousand young people this year, from pre-K to 12th grade As Smith leads students on hikes up to the Lower Cliff Dwelling she teaches them about desert plants and animals and the Salado people who built the dwellings. Although the hike is only a one mile round trip, it ascends more than 300 feet in elevation, giving everyone a good workout.  Once at the dwelling, students ... Read More »